Lanning credits Australia's 'fantastic culture' after winning Women's World T20 final

Australia cantered to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over England to claim their fourth ICC Women's World T20 title


Australia captain Meg Lanning spoke of her satisfaction after they comfortably beat England in the final of the ICC Women's World T20 on Saturday.

Australia took full advantage of England's decision to bat first as they bowled their opponents out for just 105. They then made short work of that low total, chasing it down with 29 balls to spare.

"It's definitely the most satisfying win I've been involved in, especially after the last couple of years," she said. "The last couple of World Cup exits for us hurt our team a lot, and we spoke about that as a group and not hiding away from that fact. But I think that the biggest thing has been that we've been able to learn and really grow as a group.

"Win, lose or draw today we are really happy where we are as a group. Our culture is fantastic. And we're just really enjoying what we do. And I think we showed that out there tonight."


Australia claimed their fourth ICC Women's World T20 crown

Alyssa Healy got Australia off to another solid start as she scored 22 off 20 before being bowled by Sophie Ecclestone. She was the only player at the tournament to amass over 200 runs, and finished as the leading run-scorer with 225 runs at 56.25.

"She's had an amazing tournament," Lanning remarked. "T20 cricket can be fickle and up and down. But for someone to play so well so consistently throughout this tournament is amazing and a great credit to her.

"She's put in a lot of hard work over the last year or so to get herself into a really good shape and really good spot mentally. And for me the biggest thing was I just saw a smile on her face all the time and that's what we speak about as a group. Enjoying what we do."


Alyssa Healy finished as leading run-scorer with 225 runs at 56.25

Winning a world tournament is never a bad thing, but the timing could not have better for Australian cricket, which has been going through a lot of self-examination since the ball-tampering incident in March.

"It has been a tough time for Australian cricket," she explained. "But we felt that we could really lift the spirits by playing the way we do being ourselves and enjoying what we do, and the success that came along with that.

"Hopefully there was a lot of people watching back home and hopefully we've been able to make them proud because we've enjoyed putting on a show for them, playing on the world stage and we're just looking forward to getting home now and celebrating what's been a great tournament."




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